Looking to make a sub 700$ rig Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: February 2, 2010 3:02 AM in Systems Share mcfly436 February 2, 2010 2:21:00 AM Hello everyone! This is my first attempt at trying to piece together my own rig. I've got little experience, other than swapping out RAM, so bear with me. APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: About 1 month SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, Movies, Surfing the Web, writing papers PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, tigerdirect.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: NJ, USA PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD setup, primarily OVERCLOCKING: Not initially, maybe in the future SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not for some time, maybe in the future MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 max (using an HDTV as a monitor), 1280x800 works for me too, any setting for HDTV aspect ratio ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I was hoping to upgrade to a DirectX 11 compatible video card, but I can live with DirectX 10.1 I'm looking to make my setup fast, while trying not to sacrifice too much in performance or graphics, if you please. And now for something completely different: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support - Retail SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail I'm looking to run Star Trek Online at mid to high video settings, while not taking a steep toll on speed. Mass Effect 2, Dawn of War 2 and Starcraft 2 are on my hit list for the future. I appreciate all comments, tips and criticism! Thanks for your help! [EDIT] Forgot the video card. lol [EDIT] Changed the video card. [EDIT] Changed the Processor to an AM3 instead of AM2+ [EDIT] Changed the case for 2 120mm fans More about : make 700 rig p1n3apqlexpr3ss February 2, 2010 2:34:37 AM What graphics card your going to use? you have nothing listed there.. But by the looks of it nice solid build right now mcfly436 February 2, 2010 2:47:15 AM p1n3apqlexpr3ss said:What graphics card your going to use? you have nothing listed there.. But by the looks of it nice solid build right now My mistake, in my haste to post, I forgot to add the video card. XFX GeForce GTS 250 Core Edition Video Card - 1024MB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, (2) DVI, SLI Ready Thanks for the reply! Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer p1n3apqlexpr3ss February 2, 2010 3:02:18 AM Unless you really want the free COD4, i wouldnt really recommend that card, you can get a much better performing ATI 5770 for just a few dollars more and it will most likely come with a free voucher code for Dirt 2 Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumFirst try in awhile - sub $ 700 gaming rig ForumFirst-time build, moderate gaming, sub-$700 ForumSub 1k budget gaming rig , phenom II x2 550+5850, NEED ADVICE ForumBest sub $ 700 , sub 15" laptop ForumSub $600 build, hows it look ? ForumStudent Looking for sub 700 laptop for gaming Forum[Solved] New Gaming Build Sub $ 700 Thoughts or Suggestions? ForumLooking for a decent sub-$700 laptop ForumBEST Sub-$700 Gaming Rig ForumSub $750 budget gaming rig build advice ForumSub-700 gaming build, first time build, looking for opinions. Forumsub -$1200 gaming rig , need suggestions ForumSub-$700 'casual gamer', AM3/DDR3-based? ForumSub $ 700 gaming pc build ForumNew Build, any good? ForumLooking for new pc $600-$800 Forum[Solved] Can you make a build that beats this build? ForumLooking to build a quiet & powerful system (dual i7 chips) ForumLooking for suggestions on Gaming Build ForumLooking for some feedback on my first ever build attempt More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !